The Four Rings: New and Selected Poems
Fred Dings's The Four Rings: New and Selected Poems joins the best of his two previous collections along with twenty-nine new poems. Dings's poetry is highly lyrical and evocative; he brings to us redwing blackbirds that arrive "like the dying / reclaiming their old lives, delirious / with joy," and revelations that, like "caterpillar days that crawl / through the long winters." It is easy to get lost in the mesmerizing details of Dings' observations. In his world, "Time, which forgets / none of us, remembers to carry you, finally, back to me."